Douglass' Nash to retire this spring


January 24, 1995|By LEM SATTERFIELD

After more than 30 years of service at Douglass High, John Nash has decided that he will retire following the spring athletic season.

"I've been in this school building for a total of 30 years, and in coaching for about 35," said Nash, 60, who has been the athletic director for 15 years.

He also has coached basketball, baseball and football at the school.

"My knees are telling me, and my entire body, mind and, I guess, father time is telling me that I'm no longer able to be as active as I once was. It's time now to go out."

Nash earned last year's All-Metro Coach of the Year honors for taking his Ducks basketball squad to the 3A state finals. During his football coaching career, he has seen Douglass graduates such as Albert Johnson (Houston Oilers) and Raymond Chester (Baltimore Colts, Oakland Raiders) go on to be successful.

His son, John Nash Jr., was a running back at the University of Maryland.

Nash said the time off will afford him more opportunities to be with his wife of 40 years, Doris, who coaches track and cross country at Northern, as well as his four grandchildren.

Charm City

No. 1 Lake Clifton (11-0), ranked No. 12 in last week's USA Today Super 25, and No. 2 Dunbar (12-0) are each in the Southeast bracket of the Charm City Classic at Loyola College.

Friday night, the Poets will face St. Anthony's of New Jersey at 7, to be followed by Lake Clifton and Abraham Lincoln of New York, ranked No. 10 nationally, at 8:45.

That game will feature a matchup of two of the nation's top guards in Shawnta Rogers of Lake Clifton and Lincoln's Stephon Marbury, considered by some to be the country's top player.

For Dunbar and Lake Clifton, which haven't played each other since February 1993, to meet, both would have either to win or lose their games on Friday. If both win, they will meet Saturday at 8:45 p.m. for the Southeast bracket championship. If both lose, they will play Saturday at 5:15 p.m. in the consolation game.

Oak Hill Academy of Virginia, ranked No. 1 in the country and last season's national champion, will be putting its top ranking on the line.

Oak Hill, which finished ahead of Southern-Balto. last season, will meet Calvert Hall, ranked No. 8 in the area, in a Northwest bracket first-round game at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The winner will face the winner of the 5:15 p.m. game between St. John's Prospect Hall of Frederick, ranked No. 4 nationally and No. 14 Paterson Catholic of New Jersey.

The Northwest bracket championship is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. on Saturday and the consolation game for 3:30 p.m.

While five of the country's Top 25 teams will be playing on Friday and Saturday, four of the area's Top 20 teams also be will be in action on Thursday's opening day.

At 5 p.m., No. 7 Broadneck (11-1), whose only loss was to No. 1 Lake Clifton, will play No. 16 Gibbons. Thomas Johnson of Frederick, which has five state championships, has a 6:45 matchup with No. 6 Southwestern (9-4).

In the finale at 8:45 p.m., No. 3 St. Frances (15-1) will play Laurel Baptist, ranked No. 7 by the Washington Post. Laurel Baptist, which handed St. John's Prospect Hall its first loss of the season last week, has the state's No. 1 player in Louis Bullock, who has committed to Michigan.

For Thursday's games, all tickets are $5 for adults. All children under 12 will be admitted free and the first 100 will received a Charm City Classic T-Shirt.

Reserved tickets for Friday and Saturday's games are $15, $12, $10 and $8 for each day. For more information, call (410) 617-5013.

Remembering Ray Mullis

The Catholic League paid tribute to Cardinal Gibbons coach Ray Mullis during halftime of Sunday's Loyola-Gibbons game.

Mullis, the area's winningest coach who was at Gibbons for 31 seasons, died last month after a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mark Russo, president of the Catholic League and Loyola coach Jerry Savage presented Mullis' wife, Mary, with a donation to the O. Ray Mullis Scholarship Fund.

Each Gibbons player has a letter C, which stands for "Coach," on his uniform. A seat is left empty on the bench with a red and white Gibbons towel, in memory of Mullis.

Sabelhaus Parade All-America

McDonogh quarterback Bobby Sabelhaus, a two-time All-Metro and The Baltimore Sun's 1994 All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year, has been named to Parade Magazine's High School All-America Football Team. The team will appear in Sunday's magazine.

Sabelhaus, who broke the state record for both passing yardage (5,826) and completions (353), has accepted a full football scholarship to the University of Florida. Sabelhaus, a 3.0 student who scored 1,250 on his Scholastic Assessment Test, has said he will sign by fax the morning of Feb. 1, the beginning of the NCAA's seven-day early signing period for fall athletes.

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